Louisville president states support for AD, not Pitino

The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball program is currently being rocked by allegations that recruits were enticed to join the program by use of escorts hired by former staffer Andre McGee, but university president James Ramsey is still standing by his guys.

That is, at least one of them.

Ramsey released a statement today in which he expressed his support for AD Tom Jurich, but not coach Rick Pitino. The statement, reported by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, read as follows:

“As was stated last week, when we learned of the allegations toward our men’s basketball team, we immediately hired Chuck Smrt (sic) of the Compliance Group to undertake a complete and thorough investigation of the alleged misconduct. Chuck advised us that we should also report these allegations to the NCAA so they could join our investigation.

“As was stated last week, when we learned of the allegations toward our men’s basketball team, we immediately hired Chuck Smrt (sic) of the Compliance Group to undertake a complete and thorough investigation of the alleged misconduct. Chuck advised us that we should also report these allegations to the NCAA so they could join our investigation.

“For the past 18 years, Tom Jurich has served as athletic director of an exemplary program at UofL. I fully support Tom as we work to identify the facts in this situation, and that is what we are doing. Tom and I are committed to the values that are fundamental to the success of Cardinal athletics.

“As I stated in the recent State of the University address, it is important that the university — all of us — stay focused on our day-to-day work of providing our outstanding students with a world-class education. The investigation of the allegations may take time and we must, as one university, continue doing the work we do to move our university and our community forward.”

Granted, to try and pinpoint why Ramsey would not mention Pitino would be pure speculation, but it still does not take away from the fact that he was left out of a pretty important statement surrounding a vitally important subject. The Hall of Famer has been at Louisville since 2001 and has gone 368-126 during his tenure, winning a national championship in 2013, and also has led the team to three Final Fours.

The sticky issue here is that the allegations, which are made in a tell-all book by local self-described madam Katina Powell, involve that 2013 championship team. On top of that, a former Louisville recruit, JaQuan Lyle, reportedly told the NCAA that escorts were present when he visited the school.

Per Pitino, McGee has denied the allegations and has stated that what is said in the book is entirely false. Hopefully, he’s right, as a scandal of this magnitude could permanently damage Pitino’s reputation as a coach.

Campus Sports will update this story when more information becomes available.

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